Jason Aaron isn’t writing an ordinary Avengers story arc right now, but something much more. The ramifications for the story are huge and could change the way we look at all the superheroes in the Marvel Universe. It’s also Kirby-esque in its visual style and throws together a group that is new and fresh. Sounds like a winner, right?
So what’s it about?
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Why does this matter?
This series also reveals an ancient Avengers once roamed Earth a very long time ago. This team is fascinating in part because it contains entities like the Phoenix and Iron Fist making these characters much older than we thought. This also ties well into the events going on now adding weight to the story.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
If you like creation stories you’re going to love this issue. I don’t want to divulge too much as that will ruin a lot of the surprises, but Aaron has done something with this issue that changes how we think about Marvel superheroes. It’s quite a cool concept he lays out, cutting between Loki telling Cap all about it and the reader witnessing it as it happened. In a few short scenes Loki (yes, he’s the god of lies) makes you think differently about Earth and the heroes who populate it. It’s a creation myth that is fascinating too because it ties into the awesomeness of space and power cosmic, but also the evil that can penetrate even the most powerful of beings.
This issue also gives Ghost Rider some primo moments, further putting him in a new league amongst the heroes. Usually he’s the flaming supernatural dude in alleyways taking out demons in the night, but this issue makes a strong argument he deserves to be on the same stage as Hulk or Captain America. Pretty much every hero does something in this issue too, which is a nice change since the last few issues have completely ignored heroes here and there.
The art by Paco Medina and Ed McGuiness is excellent and shows off the huge scale of the Celestials very well. The colors by David Curiel capture some of the darker moments very well giving the characters an otherworldly feel but also a tragic one. This is a comic that’s all about huge moments and characters witnessing them and there are many that will take your breath away.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The ending definitely leaves you with a feeling that this has been done before. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s the kind of ending that is reminiscent of the Power Rangers that will undoubtedly make many roll their eyes. I think it’s a fun way to show off the hugeness of these heroes literally and figuratively, but I’m also well aware how ridiculous it all is too.
Is it good?
This is one of those issues that comes together in a way where it’s clear it’s a team book, it’s a slow boil, but it’s going to matter a whole lot. I’m more excited than ever for this conclusion. Marvel is changing the Avengers and the Marvel Universe in new and exciting ways. You can’t miss this.